Ravens place Brown on IR with back woes

Updated: December 9, 2005, 5:47 PM ET
Associated Press

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Offensive tackle Orlando Brown was placed on injured reserve Friday by the Baltimore Ravens because of recurring back problems from an auto accident.

Brown had missed the past three games after his car was rear-ended nearly a month ago.

"I hate to make the move, but Orlando understands that's what we need to do and hopefully his presence still being around will help us out," Ravens coach Brian Billick said.

The 6-foot-7, 360-pound Brown is in his 10th season in the NFL. The 35-year-old Brown has been limited to nine starts this season. Even when healthy, Brown rotated with Tony Pashos, who will start Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Brown received a multimillion dollar settlement from the NFL stemming from a lawsuit after an eye injury. He was hit with an official's flag when he was with the Cleveland Browns.

Nicknamed "Zeus," the physically imposing veteran returned from a three-year hiatus in 2003 and regained his reputation as an intimidating blocker.

Brown, who entered the league undrafted out of South Carolina State in 1993 with the Browns, will be faced with the offseason decision of whether to retire or attempt another comeback.

"He's got to look at what he wants to do," Billick said.

Brown's roster spot was filled by center Thatcher Szalay, a 6-4, 303-pounder who was released Sept. 3.

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